School of Curiosity

School of Curiosity

School of Curiosity

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The professor with the ponytail

October 9, 2013


It’s been touch and go, but now it’s definite (Well as ‘definitite’ as anything can be…this is the South of France, there are a lot of distractions), the professor with the ponytail, Julien Cassagne is heading for The School of Curiosity ‘End of Summer School’, 23-25 October, Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Julien is known by thousands of people who have attended the world renown Institute de Francais as someone who is ‘Surely too cool to be a professor’. It’s not just the ponytail, his passion for all things French is contagious, he’s a talented musician and he has a ‘bit of the British’ in his sense of humour.

He’s going to help us to round off the days with fun and informative sessions about aspects of French culture. So if you don’t know your Alsace from your Epoisses what are you waiting for? The full prospectus can be downloaded here. Or you can go straight to the booking page and get your tickets here.

A bientot.

Have a curious day!

Cultural cognitive dissonance

July 2, 2013


From time to time, we are probably all pretty good at thinking that we live in a culture that’s a just a little bit superior to others. A recent question posted on Quora asked people to contemplate the question “What strikes you as odd about your own culture”.

The responses are funny, interesting, disturbing and sometimes downright bizarre. For example, India makes 3000 movies a year of which 95% are love stories. According to Anjishnu Kumar,  ”…The same society that consumes thousands of love stories for its weekly entertainment, has an arranged marriage rate of 80%+ in urban middle-class areas, and 100% in rural areas. Inter-caste and inter-faith marriages are almost like a statistical error”.

We also learn that Dutch people eat stuff that the rest of the world finds strange. Have a look here

Have a curious day.


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